Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

you cut i choose

it's not like yesterday's cake is
all that fresh anyway

but i recoil from the burden
of scoring that line
pressing server to icing
etching the transient
in a parody of permanence

-- intransigently --
i'd as soon freeze a hot shower
with you in it

or you

or me.

so take this implement
this gleaming triangular
medium of transformation
and cleave the sugar smear

-- split the spongy chocolate
like lightning rends air
or scars a treetrunk's crenellations
in pitch and cinder --

and i will choose thusly:

i will measure each portion with my eyes
turning each plate around in my hand
recalling geometrical formulae
for volume and area

and i will discover
that this task also is odious

apprehensive of choosing poorly
failing to observe some critical distinction
comparing the worth
of a sugar blossom with
the thicker layer of cherry filling

and neglecting all the while to ask
why i should want a bigger slice
than you


whether i wanted cake
to begin with.

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